2017 WALT Brown Ranch Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir - Brown Ranch
"Well-framed, with juicy richness to the dark currant, plum and raspberry flavors, flanked by loamy and underbrush accents. The minerally finish lingers with slate, spice and dark chocolate details. "
Brown Ranch Vineyard
Sits on a hillside at the base of the Mayacamas in the
Carneros, Napa Valley appellation
a slightly warmer temperature where the morning fog
burns off earlier
San Pablo Bay
Brings cool fog and ocean breezes
Vibrant ruby in color, Brown Ranch Pinot Noir has layered aromatics of Chinese 5-spice, crushed violets, and sassafras. Effusive on the palate, the flavors of spiced strawberry preserves mingle with the earthiness, accompanying hints of firm acidity and subtle tannins. Well-integrated oak brings a tension and energy to this vintage.
The Brown Ranch vineyard sits on a hillside within the Napa Carneros "banana belt" a specific micro-climate where the morning fog burns off earlier, warming the vineyard for a longer period of time than other sites in the appellation.